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Pak Punjab CM contacted Gilani to ease political tensions
Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that he had contacted Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani to ease the political tensions between the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) and the Pakistan Muslim League -Nawaz (PML-N) in the province. ANI

'US will not demonise entire Muslim community over terror hearings'
Amid situations wherein a Republican congressman is preparing to open hearing on the threat of homegrown Islamic terrorism, US President Barack Obama's deputy national security adviser has reportedly made a visit to a mosque in Sterling, Virginia, to assure Muslims that America will not "stigmatise or demonise" the entire community for the action of a few. ANI

23-year-old Romanian becomes world's youngest granny
A 23-year-old Romanian woman has become the world's youngest granny after her daughter aged 11 gave birth to a son. ANI

Pak court rejects two petitions filed against Raymond Davis
The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Monday discarded two petitions regarding double murder-accused US official Raymond Davis, who is being tried in an additional district and sessions court in Lahore's Kot Lakhpat jail. ANI

FIA sends Musharraf's arrest warrant to Pak High Commission in London
Pakistan's Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has reportedly sent the non-bailable arrest warrant against former President Pervez Musharraf to the Pakistan High Commission in London. ANI

Pak court extends detention of US citizen held on 'illegal stay' charges
A Pakistan court on Monday extended the detention of US citizen Aaron Mark De Haven, who was arrested by Peshawar police for overstaying his visa. ANI

McCain mistakenly says iPads, iPhones are manufactured in US
Arizona senator John McCain has mistakenly said in an interview that that iPads and iPhones were made in the U.S. when speaking about free trade agreements. ANI

'No political motive behind indictment of Babar Awan in abduction, robbery case'
Pakistan Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah has slammed President Asif Ali Zardari over his statement on the indictment of federal Law Minister Babar Awan in a robbery and attempted kidnapping case. ANI

Gaddafi's Ukrainian nurse says he's in 'good health'
A Ukrainian nurse who worked for Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi has revealed that he is in good health. ANI

Obama racks up 60 games of golf, becomes first Prez to brew own beer
Barack Obama has been revealed to have racked up 60 games of golf since becoming President of America, and also taken up brewing his own beer. ANI

Palin's visit to India a tactic to win Indian-American voters' hearts: Analysts
Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin's visit to India this month is viewed by many analysts as a tactic to win the hearts of Indian-American voters in the US. ANI

US baby born amidst police, topless dancers and high-speed chase!
A mom gave birth to a baby boy in an ambulance in front of an Arlington strip club after she couldn't reach the hospital in time. ANI

Quarter of Brits lie about their days off to impress others
A new study has revealed that a quarter of Britons lie about their weekend activities in an attempt to impress others. ANI

87yr-old billionaire plans to celebrate 125th birthday!
Californian billionaire David Murdock, who is already planning to celebrate his 125th birthday, is spending his money on plant food so that he can live till that long. ANI

Britain may soon sell cigarettes in plain packets
Britain may soon become the first European country with its decision to force all cigarettes to be sold in plain packs - with no logos or graphics. ANI

Kathy Griffin is a 50-year-old adult bully, says Sarah Palin
In an interview, former Alaska Governor, Sarah Palin, has taken a swing at actress Kathy Griffin. ANI

China tightens grip on foreign reporters, warns not to 'topple ruling party'
China has tightened its grip on foreign reporters after the revolution in the Middle East, with reports saying that a number of such journalists are being tracked, detained, and warned not to cause trouble or try to 'topple the ruling party'. ANI

20m pounds Royal wedding 'most expensive security event in Britain's history'
The cost of the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton has risen to an amount which is out of the Met police budget, because it has been declared a bank holiday. ANI

Alexander McQueen label denies making Kate Middleton's wedding dress
The Alexander McQueen label has denied a claim that its creative director Sarah Burton will be making Kate Middleton's wedding dress. ANI

Britain is 'second most popular country in the world'
In a first, Britain has come as runner-up in the new annual global popularity poll. ANI

McQueen's successor to design Kate Middleton's wedding dress?
Sarah Burton, Alexander McQueen's creative director, is said have been chosen to design Kate Middleton's wedding gown. ANI

'PPP committed to empower women, girls through better education incentives'
Pakistan People's Party (PPP) Women Wing Sindh Information Secretary Sharmila Farooqui has said that her party is committed to empower the country's women and girls. ANI

Oz cyclists strip n*ked to highlight vulnerability of riders on roads
A number of n*ked cyclists took to the streets of Melbourne in a bid to highlight the vulnerability of riders on the roads. ANI

Hindus want comics to accurately portray scriptural heroes and tales
Hindus have urged the comics' publishers to stay true to the story and spirit of the scriptures while showcasing ancient Hindu scriptural subjects. ANI

'Dark horse candidate' will be formidable opponent to Obama: Richardson
Former Mexico Governor Bill Richardson has said that a "dark horse candidate" will be the most formidable challenge to President Barack Obama in 2012 elections. ANI

Indian-origin man denies shooting constable in New Zealand
An Indian-origin man, Neshanderan Rajgopaul, has denied that he had shot a police officer but refused to name the gunman fearing that his life would be in danger, the High Court in Auckland has heard. ANI

China still a developing country: Yang Jiechi
China's Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi has said that China is still a developing country and will fulfill its international obligations within the realm of its capabilities. ANI

US weighs air and sea options to deal with Libya crisis
The US military planners are considering a range of options to deal with the Libyan crisis after concerns were raised that there could be a political crisis if the United States again attacks a Muslim nation. ANI

Sarah Palin gets more Alaskan women to take up shooting
Sarah Palin sure knows how to inspire, even if it is related to shooting. ANI

Zardari slams indictment of Pak Law Minister in abduction, robbery case
Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari has come to the aid of Babar Awan by describing the recent indictment of the Law Minister in a robbery and attempted kidnapping case as 'baseless and politically motivated'. ANI

US apology over civilian killings 'not enough': Karzai
Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai has criticized the United States over civilian deaths in Afghanistan, and added that a US commander apology for these killings is "not enough". ANI

PPP says PML-Q legislator immigrated to India on free will
The Pakistan People's Party (PPP) has attempted to turn down speculations that Pakistan Muslim League-Q (PML-Q) minority member of the Sindh Assembly Ram Singh Sodho had immigrated to India due to victimization. ANI

US to ensure timely delivery of coalition support aid to Pak: Graphsman
US Special Envoy to Pakistan and Afghanistan Mark Graphsman has said that his country will ensure that the aid due to Pakistan under the Coalition Support Fund (CSF) is provided in time. ANI

Bangladesh set to resume Yunus court hearing
Bangladesh's High Court is set to resume its hearing to ascertain whether Nobel peace laureate and micro credit pioneer Muhammad Yunus was sacked illegally or not. ANI

David Miliband terms Gaddafi's son's LSE lecture in his father's name "horrific"
Former British Foreign Secretary David Miliband has said it was 'horific' to see that a London School of Economics lecture in the name of his father was delivered by Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's son, Saif. ANI

How Berlusconi's escort girls helped Gaddafi get top African job
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi sent two escort women to an opponent of Libyan dictator Colonel Muammar al Gaddafi as a favour to the Libyan leader, it has emerged. ANI

Eurocrats could spend 3m taxpayers' money for boob jobs, Viagra
Leaked documents have revealed that nearly 3 million pounds of taxpayers' money will be spent this year by Members of the European Parliament on health care, cosmetic surgery and on drugs such as Viagra. ANI

China to "basically eradicate poverty" by 2020: Wen Jiabao
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao has said that China will "basically eradicate poverty" by 2020. ANI

MQM minister escapes assassination bid in Sindh
Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) MPA and Provincial Minister Muhammad Zubair Khan has reportedly survived an assassination bid by unknown gunmen in Hyderabad, the second largest city in Pakistan's Sindh province. ANI

Pak situation can't be compared with events in Middle East: Gilani
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has said that the current situation in the Middle East cannot be compared with that of Pakistan, as the country's "institutions are working and democracy is functional". ANI

Pak police arrest three suspected terrorists in Lahore
Pakistan Police have reportedly arrested three suspected terrorists in Lahore, and seized two suicide jackets and 18 mobile phone SIM cards from their possession. ANI

Only Parliament can amend Pak Constitution: Gilani
Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has said that no institution other than the Parliament can rewrite the country's Constitution. ANI

Donald Trump's approval ratings top Romney and Pawlenty
American businessman Donald Trump has higher approval ratings than the Republican political figure Mitt Romney and Tim Pawlenty, says Wall Street Journal poll. ANI

Assange's mother slams Gillard for 'prejudicing' Wikileaks founder's right to fair trial
The mother of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has accused Prime Minister Julia Gillard of "character assassination" and 'prejudicing her son's right to a fair trial'. ANI

Eastern Libya overrun by extremists to root out Gaddafi regime: Wikileaks
Leaked secret US diplomatic cables obtained by the whistleblower website 'Wikileaks' has raised concern that eastern Libya is being overrun by extremist organisations to root out the 40-year-old Gaddafi regime. ANI

Protests against Shahbaz Bhatti's assassination continue in Lahore
Pakistan human rights activists and Christians are still carrying out protest demonstrations in Lahore over the assassination of Minority Affairs Minister Shahbaz Bhatti. ANI

Pressure mounting on Prince Andrew to quit globetrotting role
Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, who is a special representative for UK Trade and Investment, is under great pressure to quit r face a humiliating reduction of his globe-trotting role. ANI

Hindus back Catholics' call for meatless Fridays
Hindus have supported Roman Catholics' call for giving-up meat on Fridays. ANI

Smith Micro Software Named Finalist in the Big Idea Contest by International CTIA Wireless
Smith Micro Software, Inc Business Wire India

AstraZeneca and Galderma Enter into R&D Collaboration to Develop New Treatments for Dermatological Diseases
AstraZeneca and Galderma Pharma S.A Business Wire India

Hilton Hotels & Resorts Introduces eforea: spa at Hilton to Thailand with Openings in Bangkok and Pattaya
Hilton Hotels & Resorts continues the rapid expansion of its new global spa concept, eforea: spa at Hilton, with two openings in Thailand this month. Millennium Hilton Bangkok opened the country’s first eforea: spa at Hilton March 5 and Hilton Pattaya is scheduled to open its eforea location within weeks Business Wire India

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